Answer: Generally, any appeal will begin with the filing of a Notice of Intent to Pursue Post-Conviction Relief. That occurs after a case has been finalized in the trial court, so after the sentencing has occurred. After that document has been filed, there are deadlines to order transcripts, to file the notice of appeal with the filing fee and then the briefing schedule is all set by statute. There are some rare cases where an appeal can be taken as a judges ruling while the case is still pending in the trial court; you have to get special permission to do that. It is rare, but it does sometimes occur. But usually the appeal will start after sentencing.